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New Yoke Lore Video is as Twisted as the Song Is Sweet

"Chin Up" is a pleasantly wistful bit of indie folk, while the video manages to be both somberly wintery and soaked in violence.

Practitioners of a certain kind of indie folk — ambient with a driving beat —are many.

But few do it better than Yoke Lore, who just released his latest single, "Chin Up."

Yoke Lore is the nom de guerre of Adrian Galvin, whose previous projects include Yellerkin and Walk the Moon. "Chin Up" is a single off Meditations, an EP to be released May 31.

But where "Chin Up" evokes winsome damsels in yellow dresses spinning dreamily in blooming meadows, its video is violent and grim, set in a landscape of snow and stunted pines and one giant moose. The narrative's thread is intentionally muddled, featuring a nighttime struggle between two men, their flailing, parka-clad limbs lit by the lurid red of several flairs embedded in the snow. Later, Galvin's bloodied, unconscious body is pulled on a sled by another man. And every once in a while, Galvin is lit with the same shade of red as the flairs, and stares at the camera as he mouthes the song's lyrics with wide, haunted, staring eyes. Its powerful imagery that adds an unexpected layer to an otherwise seemingly hopeful song.

Yoke Lore - "Chin Up" (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

To support his EP, Galvin is launching a European tour, which starts April 3 in Dublin, Ireland and ends on June 22 at Dover, Delaware's Firefly Music Festival. Go to www.yokelore.com for detailed tour dates, information on his EP and more striking music videos.


Matt Fink lives and works in Brooklyn. Go to organgrind.com for more of his work.


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Listen to the alt-rock pop band and you wouldn't be surprised this is part of their live shows. They're bright, they're energetic, and their music makes you want to get up and dance in the way their biggest single, "Shut Up And Dance," certainly encourages. But there is more to the group than a good time. Over the years, they have explored the further depths of their writing capabilities. This process culminated in the release of their latest album this fall, What If Nothing. They continue to make great, award-winning tunes, and they continue to like each other, too.

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Pop came to life in 2015 through the lens of classic sounds of the '80s dance floor with a '90s grunge-rock vibe. From Taylor Swift's 1989 and Carly Rae Jepsen's robust EMOTION to breakout acts like Walk the Moon, dirty-pop enchantress Tove Lo and R&B-stylist The Weeknd, Top 40 became even more about how to live in the past as it did on how to prepare for the future. As part of this year's Pop Danthology, created by mastermind Daniel Kim, all of these artists (and countless others) are the backbone for the best, most explosive compilation to-date! "Since 2010, I have been making music mashups of the top songs of the year. My Pop Danthology 2012 went viral all over the world, reaching 10 million views in just three days (the original YouTube video currently stands at more than 70 million views). Every year now my Danthologies go viral," Kim writes. "For the first time, I am releasing two Danthologies at once. With music from all over the world becoming more and more accessible, it has become increasingly more challenging to satisfy my fans and fit in all of their many favourite songs in my year-end mashup."

He continues of this year's intriguing mashup (below), "I found myself cutting down so much of the original musical pieces just to 'jam' in as many songs as I could. Not only was the work process not as enjoyable this way but the resulting sound was more choppy. Although making two Danthologies took a lot more time (watch this video to see the breakdown of the time I put into the making of one Danthology), I enjoyed the work much more and I feel like each Danthology has much better flow than Danthologies from previous years."

Additional artists include Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Charlie Puth, Rachel PlattenAriana Grande, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff and more. Can you pick out all the talent and hit records?!

 

Here is the mashup in two digestible parts:

Stay tuned for music updates. Be sure to follow @Popdust and @JasonTheScott on Twitter!

Joe Jonas took time out of his busy schedule (of eating Cake by the Ocean with his new band DNCE) to reveal this year's list of American Music Awards nominees, alongside newcomer Charlie Puth. Taking to the Good Morning America stage, the two singers dropped pop fury, as The Weeknd proved to be a dominate force, as well as Taylor Swift, Walk the Moon, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

Country newcomer Sam Hunt (who polishes R&B into his modern-spun country) landed a nomination for Favorite Album - Country (Montevallo) and the all-genre New Artist of the Year, facing off against Fetty Wap, The Weeknd, Tove Lo and Walk the Moon. Elsewhere, "Love Me Like You Mean It" chanteuse Kelsea Ballerini earned her first-ever AMA nom, in Favorite Female Artist - Country, with mainstays Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.

Additional notable entries include Nick Jonas, Luke Bryan, Justin Bieber and that ubiquitous Pitch Perfect soundtrack, in a wide-range of fields.

Nominees are based solely on commercial success, mixing sales, streaming and radio airplay into consideration for the final ballot. Fans will determine each winner heading into the Nov. 22 show (to air live on ABC at 8/7c).

This year's American Music Awards show will be hosted by Jennifer Lopez.

https://twitter.com/TheAMAs/status/653924071546052608

 

The nominations are as follows:

Artist of the Year

Luke Bryan

Ariana Grande

Maroon 5

Nicki Minaj

Ed Sheeran

Sam Smith

Taylor Swift

Meghan Trainor

The Weeknd

One Direction

 

Song of the Year

See You Again, Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth

Blank Space, Taylor Swift

Uptown Funk!, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Can't Feel My Face, The Weeknd

 

New Artist of the Year

Sam Hunt

Fetty Wap

Tove Lo

Walk the Moon

The Weeknd

 

Collaboration of the Year

See You Again, Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth

FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney

Uptown Funk!, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Where R U Now, Justin Beiber, Skrillex & Diplo

Bad Blood, Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar

 

 

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

Sam Smith

Nick Jonas

Ed Sheeran

 

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

Taylor Swift

Meghan Trainor

Ariana Grande

 

Favorite Pop/Rock Album

Taylor Swift, 1989

Ed Sheeran, x

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

 

Favorite Duo/Group - Pop/Rock

Maroon 5

One Direction

Walk the Moon

 

Favorite Female Artist - Country

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Carrie Underwood

 

Favorite Male Artist - Country

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Sam Hunt

 

Favorite Album - Country

Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean

Anything Goes, Florida Georgia Line

Montevallo, Sam Hunt

 

Favorite Duo/Group - Country

Little Big Town

Florida Georgia Line

Zac Brown Band

 

Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake

Fetty Wap

Nicki Minaj

 

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop

2014 Forest Hills Drive, J Cole

If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drake

The Pink Print, Nicki Minaj

 

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Trey Songz

The Weeknd

 

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

Beyonce

Mary J Blige

Rihanna

 

Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

X, Chris Brown

Black Messiah, The D'Angelo

 

Favorite Artist - EDM

Calvin Harris

Zedd

David Guetta

 

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

Hozier

Fall Out Boy

Walk the Moon

 

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary

Meghan Trainor

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

 

Favorite Artist - Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Ricky Martin

Romeo Santos

 

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

Casting Crowns

Hillsong United

Mercy Me

 

Top Soundtrack

50 Shades of Grey

Empire

Pitch Perfect

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Stay tuned for American Music Awards updates. Be sure to follow @Popdust and @JasonTheScott on Twitter!